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Expedition 8 (ISS-8)

Fifth Russian Visiting Crew

 

Launch:
  On October 18, 2003 at 09:38:03 Moscow Summer Time (05:38:03 UTC) the Russian manned transport spacecraft Soyuz TMA-3 was launched by the Soyuz-FG Launch Vehicle.
Launch Site:
  Baikonur launch site, Republic of Kazakhstan.
Docking:
  On October 20, 2003 at 11:15:58 Moscow Summer Time (07:15:58 UTC) the docking was made to the port of the docking compartment - module Pirs as part of the ISS Orbital Complex.
Undocking:
  On October 28, 2003 at 02:17 Moscow Time (October 27, 2003 at 23:17 UTC) the Soyuz TMA-2 spacecraft was undocked from the Functional Cargo Module Zarya.
Landing:
  On October 28, 2003 at 05:40:01 Moscow Time (02:40:01 UTC).
Landing Site:
  In the area located nearby the town of Arkhalyk, the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Flight duration:
  9 days 21 hours 1 min. 58 sec.

 

MAJOR INCREMENT TASKS

  • insertion into orbit of Pedro Duque, Spanish astronaut from ESA on the manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-3;
  • the scheduled replacement of the Soyuz TMA-2 spacecraft, which had been operating as a rescue vehicle included as part of the ISS since April 28, 2003;
  • implementation onboard the ISS of the experiments program under the SSM Cervantes Project;
  • accomplishing the tasks of the ISS crew flight engineering support;
  • return to Earth of the Soyuz TMA-2 transport spacecraft Descent Module carrying Pedro Duque, Spanish astronaut from ESA together with the ISS-7 crew.